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Ariz. Deputy Shot by Burglar at Medical Plaza

January 08, 2012  | 

Photo: MCSO
Photo: MCSO

A Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff's deputy was fatally shot early Sunday after a burglary suspect opened fire at him at an Anthem medical plaza.

Deputy William Coleman, 50, a 20-year veteran, the first deputy killed since 1995, was one of three who responded just after 4 a.m. Sunday to a report of a burglary in progress, reports the Arizona Republic.

The deputy was wearing body armor, but was shot by rifle fire. The burglary suspect, whose name was not released, was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy after he opened fire.

Authorities are investigating whether the suspect also killed a New Hampshire couple vacationing in the resort town of Sedona.

Tags: Duty Deaths, Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff, Burglaries


Comments (15)

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Eric hoobler @ 1/8/2012 1:57 PM

My heart felt sympathies go out to the family and friends of Deputy Coleman.

Gary @ 1/8/2012 4:59 PM

RIP Deputy. Your service and dedication will be missed.

Bob@Az. @ 1/9/2012 10:42 AM

Condolences to Officer Colemans' family and friends. Thankfully that pos that shot him was dispatched before another hero was harmed.

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 1/9/2012 5:02 PM

My condolences--Deputy Coleman, your road ended way too soon.

Dan-Active LA County @ 1/9/2012 6:04 PM

Our prayers are with Deputy Coleman and his family.

Dave Barringer @ 1/9/2012 7:09 PM

God Bless you Officer Coleman, for your service, dedication and willingness to place your life on the line defending your community.

William Tuey @ 1/9/2012 7:41 PM

Thank you Deputy Coleman for your sacrifice in keeping us safe. You will be remembered by all. To your family, I offer my condolences and sympathy.

Sheriff Jimmy Ashe @ 1/9/2012 7:49 PM

Deputy Coleman a noble hero. Peace be with his
Family. May God deal with the person that Murdered
him!

HankG @ 1/10/2012 6:31 AM

Yes, sympathy to him and kudos to the other Deputy who took out the shooter.

Chief Richard Muñoz @ 1/10/2012 9:22 AM

The prayers and thoughts of the South Tucson Police Department are with Deputy Coleman and his family.

Lori @ 1/10/2012 10:25 AM

Blessed be the peace makers, for they shall inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. RIP brother

Bob T.retired NYS LEO @ 1/11/2012 7:33 AM

Heartfelt Condolences to Deputy Coleman's family. Thanks to the back up deputies also, that took out the perpetrator, he had his last prescription filled with lead. Bless you all.

Bob T.retired NYS LEO @ 1/11/2012 7:36 AM

Heartfelt Condolences to Deputy Coleman's family. Thanks to the back up deputies also, that took out the perpetrator, he had his last prescription filled with lead. Bless you all.

Constable Art Hinker @ 1/11/2012 10:30 AM

we are always honored by the dedication and willingness of officers like Deputy Coleman to lay their lives on the line to protect the public. R.I.P. God bless.

Officer Sanchez @ 1/12/2012 2:34 PM

May you rest in peace, and prayers go out to the family.

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